Obama's Newest Shell Game

The Obamanistas are saying that the new mandate requiring all employers – including Catholic institutions – to provide free birth control insurance to every employee does not violate the religious freedom of those institutions. They claim this is so because an exemption is granted to those religious-based organizations that primarily minister to members of their own faith.

According to this standard, the only way a Catholic hospital would qualify for this exemption would be to fire all of its non-Catholic employees and replace them with Catholics. The problem is, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, RELIGION, sex, or national origin.

If we assume that the Obama administration is aware of the 1964 Civil Right Act, the only rational conclusion is that they intentionally designed a scheme in which any institution that attempted to qualify for their exemption would be in violation of federal law. To carry it one step further, it could be argued that the only way a Catholic hospital would ever be eligible for this exemption is if they also had an admissions policy that only accepted Catholic patients. I also suspect that even Catholic patients would have to be turned away if they were brought into the emergency room by non-Catholic ambulance drivers.

All I can say it that you have to hand it to the Obamanistas. They may be thoroughly evil, but they are crafty.

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If people who work for Catholic institutions want birth control pills or sterilization services they should buy them themselves or find another employer who offers that as part of their health insurance plan. No one is forcing anyone to work for a Catholic institution. This is an assault on religious liberty and it is a good example of how politicians can take a situation and make it worse. And just because there are Catholic politicians and bureaucrats advocating for this doesn't mean a thing. Most (if not all) are out of line with the Catholic Church anyway and are conveniently Catholic for political reasons (i.e. to get the Catholic vote).

This is being forced fed to Catholics courtesy of the Department of Health and Human Services. We must remember, though, that several "pro-life" Senators voted to confirm the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius. Many of these same senators vote for budgets which give money to Planned Parenthood. Of course this adds insult to injury because Planned Parenthood is a political organization and they use their money to support pro-abortion candidates and to fight pro-life legislation. That's how screwed up this thing is!

We must see that all pro-life politicians are not equal. Out of all the Republican candidates running for president, Ron Paul is the only one that has not supported money for Planned Parenthood. So if he hasn't voted for money for Planned Parenthood, why haven't other pro-life politicians followed suit? Put another way, if they won't pull funding, then isn't it time for them to move on?
# Posted By Mary | 2/10/12 5:48 PM

Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics